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Statutory Minimum Wages in the EU: Institutional Settings and Macroeconomic Implications

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  • Arpaia, Alfonso

    () (European Commission)

  • Cardoso, Pedro

    (European Commission, Directorate Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion)

  • Kiss, Aron

    () (European Commission)

  • Van Herck, Kristine

    (European Commission, Directorate Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion)

  • Vandeplas, Anneleen

    (European Commission, Directorate Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion)

Abstract

This paper analyses some macroeconomic implications of the statutory minimum wage in the member states of the European Union and assesses how its institutional design influences these outcomes. First, the paper looks at the institutional dimensions of statutory minimum wage setting. On the basis of this information, an indicator of institutional stringency is built to characterise the degree of predictability of minimum wage setting. Second, it explores the impact of minimum wage changes on employment, prices, consumption, and poverty.

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  • Arpaia, Alfonso & Cardoso, Pedro & Kiss, Aron & Van Herck, Kristine & Vandeplas, Anneleen, 2017. "Statutory Minimum Wages in the EU: Institutional Settings and Macroeconomic Implications," IZA Policy Papers 124, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    minimum wage; statutory minimum wage; composite indicator; poverty; in-work poverty; European Union;

    JEL classification:

    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy
    • J52 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Dispute Resolution: Strikes, Arbitration, and Mediation
    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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